ONTARIO RESEARCH CHAIR IN
RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Instructions and Application Template
November 18, 2009
UNIVERSITÉS DE L’ONTARIO
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is providing five-year funding through the Council of
Ontario Universities (COU) to support the establishment of an Ontario Research Chair in
Renewable Energy Technologies and Health.
The funding will support one chair at $300,000 per annum for five years. The funding is non-
The Chair will commence his or her duties as early as possible in 2010 and will undertake the
? develop and publish a body of research on the potential health effects of renewable
energy technology beginning with studies that extend current knowledge of potential
health effects related to energy from wind. Sources of renewable energy to be studied
include those defined in Ontario’s Green Energy Act, 2009.
? build networks with other researchers and research bodies in Canada and internationally
? contribute to public understanding and policy development in the area of potential health
effects of renewable energy technologies
? contribute to the training of highly qualified personnel.
Eligibility and Sponsor
The Chair will be held by an outstanding researcher acknowledged by peers as a leader in the
Publicly assisted universities in Ontario with graduate programs in relevant fields are eligible to
apply. A separate Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued for two Ontario Research Chairs
in Green Chemistry and Engineering. A university may submit a proposal in response to each
The Executive Head of the university must sponsor the university’s application.
Nominees must be full professors, or senior associate professors who are expected to be
promoted to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination. Nominees should
have a demonstrated interest and expertise in renewable energy technologies and health.
A Selection Panel is responsible for approving the selection criteria, operating the process,
evaluating the proposals, selecting the university to receive the funding, and approving the
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The Selection Panel members are David Strangway (Chair), Arthur May, and Harold Shapiro.
The Secretary is Harry Swain.
The Selection Panel will engage recognized experts in relevant fields to review submissions.
Biographies of the Selection Panel members and Secretary can be found on the Ontario Research
Chairs website: http://orc.cou.on.ca.
The award of the funding for the chairs will occur in a single stage. It is required that the
university nominate the chairholder in its proposal.
The submission deadline for the Institutional Proposal is 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2010.
COU will advise the successful university by Friday, February 12, 2010 that it has been granted
Institutions whose proposals were not selected will be notified simultaneously.
Following the successful completion of the competition, the university will enter into an
agreement with COU related to the conditions for funding. It will be expected that the
institution’s nominee will take up his or her position at the university as early as possible within
the calendar year 2010, as described in the Payment Schedule section below. The nominee will
be appointed for a five-year, non-renewable term.
The university is required to identify the nominee with the submission of the institutional
proposal. The nominee, therefore, could either be an individual already employed in the
university or an individual who will take up an appointment at the university as early as possible
within the 2010 calendar year. The university should specify the earliest possible date at which
its nominee can undertake his or her duties as the chair.
If the nominee is already employed in the university, the Panel will consider other proposals for
attaining the objective of augmenting overall capacity in Ontario, e.g., the university should treat
the funding as incremental – if an existing faculty member is nominated as the chair, it is
anticipated that the funding would not be allocated to his/her salary and benefits but rather to
hiring postdocs or junior faculty to assist in the research, or directed in some other way to the
research program itself.
The successful university will coordinate public announcements with COU and the Selection
Panel, who will consult with the Ministry regarding the announcements.
Upon successful completion of the selection process described above, and following the signing
of an agreement between the university and COU covering the terms and conditions of the
funding and the receipt of funds by COU, the first year of funding from the Ministry will be
transferred from COU to the university. Annual funding in years two through five will flow to
the university from COU upon receipt and review of the financial and activity reports described
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The university may choose to augment or leverage these payments using other institutional
resources, joint or collaborative arrangements between two or more institutions, or fund raising
to maximize the impact of the Chair on both research and teaching at the university.
Reporting and Continuity
The university will provide COU with annual financial and results-based activity reports as set
out in the Agreement to be signed between the university and COU. The activity reports would
include information that the university deems important and relevant to the activities of the
? papers produced, including papers produced in collaboration with colleagues (including
graduate students) at other institutions and in other disciplines;
? number of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supervised
? conferences attended and conference presentations;
? descriptions of engagement and linkages developed with other institutions and
organizations of relevance to the environmental issues being studied; and
? measures taken to publicize and share the Chairholder’s research with the public and
In addition, the university will make a report of the Chair’s activities available on its website and
will update the report annually.
The financial reports will meet the criteria outlined in Appendix A.
The award is tenable for a five year, non-renewable term. Should the Chairholder be unable to
perform his or her duties or if there is a change in a Chairholder's employment status (for
example, from full professor to professor emeritus, from full-time to part-time, or retirement,
dismissal or resignation) the university will notify the COU immediately. COU will consult with
the Selection Panel and the Ministry and will advise the university if a replacement can be
nominated or the award should be allowed to lapse.
Protection of Privacy
All personal information provided to the COU or the Panel in connection with this competition is
protected under applicable privacy legislation.
Applications will be accepted in English and French.
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Institutional Plan for the Chair
The university is required to:
1. Demonstrate the importance and contributions of the Chair to the development of
teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and to the advancement of
research and research training in renewable energy technologies and health at the
institution and affiliated research institutions;
2. Indicate the relationship of the proposed Chair to the university’s graduate programs and
overall research plan;
3. Demonstrate how the Chair will develop, augment and enhance research capacity in
renewable energy technologies and health including research priorities, collaboration
with other institutions, locally and globally, and the intersection of the research with
4. Describe the attributes of the individual who will fill the Chair.
The university must demonstrate that:
1. It has a graduate program with a research and training field or focus relevant to
renewable energy technologies and health;
2. The university and affiliated research institutions will provide the Chairholder with the
support he/she needs; and
3. It will sustain the teaching and research program throughout the five years of the
agreement with COU.
The Panel will assess the level and quality of the university’s commitment to the proposed Chair.
1. Estimated expenditures – projected use of Chair funds
2. Funding from the university, if any
3. Funding from other sources, if any.
Expectations of the Nominee
Included in the selection criteria for the Ontario Research Chair in Renewable Energy
Technologies and Health will be an evaluation of the nominee; it is expected that the nominee
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2. An ability to conduct and report on original and innovative research;
3. An ability to work in partnership with others;
4. An ability to build and sustain multi-disciplinary and multi-university links; and
5. A strong interest in research.
Documentation for the Nominee:
1. Curriculum Vitae;
2. Description of proposed research, teaching and outreach program (statement by the
3. Three sealed letters of reference solicited by the university;
4. Description by the university of how this individual fulfills the institutional commitment
and criteria; and
5. Description by the university of how the nominee meets the commitment with regard to
the graduate program and contributes to building Ontario’s research capacity in
renewable energy technologies and health.
SUBMISSION PROCESS AND DEADLINES
The Deadline for responses is 6:00 p.m. EST, Friday, January 8, 2010.
Applications must be submitted in electronic form, as an e-mail attachment in Word format, to:
and in hard copy, with signature of the Executive Head, to:
Secretary, Ontario Research Chairs Selection Panel
Council of Ontario Universities
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
Inquiries should be directed to the Panel Secretary, who can be reached by e-mail at the above
address or by telephone at 416-979-2165 ext 300.
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ONTARIO RESEARCH CHAIR IN
RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND HEALTH
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Name of University
Signature of Executive Head
Name and Title of Contact Person
Phone Number; e-mail address of Contact Person
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Description of the Proposed Research and Teaching Program
(maximum 10 pages)
In its institutional proposal, the university will describe the proposed teaching and research
program, its relationship to existing and planned graduate program activity, its fit with the
university’s strategic and academic plans, and any intended developments or innovations that
would result from the Chair. The university will also describe the resources it would commit or
raise to supplement the annual funding, if applicable, and the infrastructure and staff that would
be made available to support the program activity of the Chair.
Describe the graduate program(s) to which the Chair will be affiliated and the related fields
within the program as approved (or to be approved) by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies
or its successor.
Research Program, Strategic Vision
Describe the proposed research program – not the details of specific projects, but rather a strategic vision of the major research activities to be undertaken – highlighting existing
institutional research strengths in the targeted area and elaborate on how the proposed chair will
build on these strengths.
Research Program, Detail
Describe how the proposed research program will meet the specific criteria outlined in the
Selection Criteria in the RFP, and more generally how the research program will
1. Conduct and report on original research;
2. Supervise graduate students and mentor postdoctoral fellows, if applicable;
3. Contribute to developing research and policy capacity in renewable energy technologies
and health; and
4. Build and sustain multi-disciplinary and multi-university links and external links, eg,
describe collaboration and interaction with other institutions and/or the private sector at
the provincial, national and international levels;
Describe the teaching and training activities envisaged.
Describe the public education activities envisaged (e.g. expectations in terms of dissemination of
research findings) as well as proposed interactions with policy authorities.
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Universities may wish to address the following questions:
1. What are the objectives of the university in cultivating this particular area of research?
2. What are the university’s current research strengths related to this area? What measures will
the university take to develop strengths related to this area? Where the university is already
very strong in the program area, what difference will a Chair in the field make?
3. To what extent will the university collaborate, partner and network with other institutions to
help develop or maintain excellence related to the fields? Is it already involved in
collaboration, partnership or networking in research in this area?
4. To accomplish its objectives and make the best use of funds from other sources, how does
the university propose to use its own resources, granting agency programs and other outside
sources, as well as the direct funding from the Ministry?
Integration with the University’s
Strategic Plan and Academic Plan
(maximum of 3 pages)
Describe the research environment that will be provided to the Chair, and the nature and level of
support that will be committed by the university to the Chair and the Chair’s program of teaching,
research and contributions to the development of capacity in renewable energy technologies and
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A list of eligible and ineligible expenditures is included in Appendix A. Using the table on the
following page (or a similar table in Excel), show the projected use of the funds in the eligible
expenditure categories for each of the five years, including if applicable, any contribution (cash
or in-kind) from the university or from other sources that will be provided for the Chair’s
activities. The annual contribution from the Ministry, through COU, will be $300,000. This
projected budget is intended to demonstrate to the Panel the intended uses of the funds and scope
of related research and teaching activity. Actual expenditures may deviate from planned
expenditures to a reasonable extent, provided the funding is directed toward eligible expenditures.
Explanatory information regarding the projected budget can be provided if necessary/appropriate.
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